Fully-funded 4-year Ph.D. position on “Fearful Technologies: Historical and ethical perspectives on the role of fear in pro-technology discourses”

 Eindhoven University of Technology

Technology, Innovation and Society Group
http://jobs.tue.nl/en/vacancy/-phd-position-on-fearful-technologies-286591.html

Starting the latest in June 2017


The PhD position is interdisciplinary with a shared advisory team from the Technology, Innovation and Society Group (dr. Kalmbach, prof.dr. v.d. Vleuten) and the Philosophy & Ethics Group (dr. Spahn) of the Department of Industrial Engineering and Innovation Sciences at Eindhoven University of Technology and has a focus on the historical and ethical perspectives on the role of fear in pro-technology discourses. We invite applications for a 4-year fully funded PhD starting at the latest in June 2017.

 

Research Context:

Fears of technologies are a prominent research topic in Science and Technology Studies and Risk Research. Industry, academia, and policy makers have been eager to develop strategies to overcome such fears. An area that has, however, been neglected so far is the question how the promotion of new technologies has itself appealed to fears. To name only a few examples: The fear that ‘the lights could go out’ has been addressed continuously in the promotion of nuclear energy; the fear that one could miss out on the meaning of life is stressed in the promotion of in-vitro-fertilization; and the fear that the world’s knowledge could get lost is emphasized in the calls for digital archives.

Our project will therefore investigate the argumentative role of fear in pro-technology discourses and the effects of these appeals to fear. It will bring together research from history and ethics of technology. The main research question will be: Which role did and do emotions, and especially fear play (historically) in the pro-technology discourse of emerging technologies and how should these appeals to fear be evaluated from an ethical perspective? We will investigate this question on the basis of empirical case studies and in relation to the ethical debate on the role of emotions and fear in technology acceptance.

 

Your Profile:

The candidate holds a Master’s degree or equivalent degree in one of the following fields: History (of Technology / Sciences), Philosophy, Sciences and Technology Studies, Innovation Studies, or related fields.

The candidate has excellent writing and qualitative analytic skills, fluency in English (which is the working language of the research group), and a strong interest in conducting research in an interdisciplinary and international team. The candidate should be able to take up the position latest by June 1.

The TU/e is an equal opportunity employee. Members of underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.

 

Our Offer:

We offer a four-year PhD position in a vibrating research environment which is shaped by an interdisciplinary and international team of researchers and their tight integration in (inter)national research networks. The position comes with a gross salary of € 2.191 per month in the first year, increasing to €2.801 per month in the fourth year. Additionally, Eindhoven University of Technology provides excellent facilities for professional and personal development, a holiday allowance (amounts to 8% of the annual salary), an end-of-year bonus (amounts to 8,3%), and a number of additional benefits. The candidate will be given the possibility to gain teaching experience as well as to receive graduate training.

The application should contain the following documents:

–  Letter of motivation which explains your interest in the position and your qualifications for it;

–  Curriculum vitae (including, if applicable, a publication list and a teaching overview)

–  Research statement (roughly 500 words, plus (short!) bibliography) in which you elaborate on your ideas for a research focus in line with the project

–  Names and contact information of three persons willing to provide references.

 

If you are interested in this position, we invite you to apply before January 1, 2017. To apply please click HERE and use the ‘apply now’ button. Please note that a maximum of 5 documents can be uploaded, so if you have more than 5 documents you will have to combine them. Please do not send us applications by e-mail. Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed in Eindhoven (travel expenses will be covered) or via a video call end of January 2017, decision about the appointment will be made shortly after the interviews. The appointment is initially for a period of one year; contingent on satisfactory performance, the position will be extended by a maximum of an additional three years leading to the completion of a PhD thesis.

 

Further information:

For further information on the research context of this PhD position please contact: Karena Kalmbach (k.kalmbach@tue.nl) or Andreas Spahn (a.spahn@tue.nl).

Information about the terms of employment can be obtained from Mrs. Ellen van der Mierden, HR advisor (pz.ieis@tue.nl).

More information about the Department of Industrial Engineering and Innovation Sciences can be found at www.tue.nl/en/university/departments/industrial-engineering-innovation-sciences/research/

 

PhD Position: Analyzing value trade-offs of interoperable Big Data in public safety

Fully-funded 4-year PhD position on “analyzing value trade-offs of interoperable Big Data in public safety contexts”. Intended starting date: 1 January 2017


The goal of the Ph.D project is to develop a framework for analyzing the value trade-offs associated with rendering cloud-based big data sets interoperable for the sake of public safety. This framework will help stakeholders identify the specific technical and ethical (particularly privacy and security) challenges and constraints to anticipate during system design and implementation, and will help identify different types of values (such as: social values, e.g. health outcomes, racial justice, gender equality, and decreases in crime, incarceration, and recidivism rates) and the variety of adverse social and ethical consequences (especially related to fairness and justice) that may result from implementing interoperability in public safety contexts. The framework produced will provide input for interoperable information system design and specification.

Main research question: How can stakeholders systematically assess what value can be gained from data interoperability in public safety contexts, whether a given effort to attain interoperability will produce the hoped-for value for public safety, and what other value-related consequences to anticipate? How should assessments of value-related consequences be incorporated into interoperability decision-making and system design?

Background: 

Interoperability, in a broad sense, refers to the ability of two heterogeneous and geographically distributed systems to exchange information and make use of the information exchanged. There has been substantial debate about the potential adverse consequences of increasing interoperability in public safety contexts. The public safety sector involves diverse actors such as government agencies, non-profits, and companies that are separated by the distinct problems, populations, regions, and methods. In recent years, there has been a push for greater collaboration and exchange of data between public safety actors, with the hope that harnessing big data for public safety will have substantial social benefits. For instance, some have proposed that combining information from emergency services and social media reports across jurisdictions in real time might improve prediction of and responses to emergency situations. Other public safety trends that may involve increased interoperability include predictive sentencing and predictive policing. However, increasing interoperability to advance public safety goals brings with it the potential for discrimination, injustice, privacy and civil rights violations, security risks, adverse consequences for vulnerable groups, exploitation, and a host of other ethical concerns.

Currently, most of the focus on interoperability is on technical aspects (e.g., communication protocols). As data relevant for public safety comes from heterogeneous domains, and a standard for interoperability has not yet been adopted across public safety sectors, there is a window of opportunity during which ethical analysis could have substantial influence on public safety interoperability design requirements. Concurrently, there has been inadequate analysis of the specific ethical challenges that interoperability is liable to produce, as well as of the variety of social value that could be obtained via interoperability in public safety. To adequately grasp both the potential social value and the variety of potential hazards in harnessing big data for public safety ends, and to incorporate such analysis into system design, specification and implementation, a more holistic approach is needed, which is the focus of this project.

Your profile:

The ideal candidate will have a masters (or equivalent) degree and will have experience and interest in both ethics and data science. This background could consist of a masters degree in philosophy/ethics and extensive coursework or experience related to data science, or it could consist of a masters degree in a field related to data science (for example: computer science, information systems, industrial engineering), and extensive coursework in philosophy/ethics. Other masters degrees will also be considered, if the candidate demonstrates a strong interest in and aptitude for the project. The candidate must be fluent in English, both written and spoken. Knowledge of Dutch is not a requirement.

The TU/e is an equal opportunity employee. Members of underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.

The successful applicant will perform the research project outlined above. You will report research finding at international conferences and workshops and in research journals, and will have the opportunity to obtain teaching experience (no more than 10% of hours). This research will be concluded with a Ph.D. thesis.

The advisory team will be interdisciplinary, from the Philosophy & Ethics (dr. O’Neill, prof.dr. Meijers) and Information Systems (dr. eng.ec. Chituc) groups at the Department of Industrial Engineering and Innovation Sciences at Eindhoven University of Technology. The PhD student will be situated within the Philosophy & Ethics group, but is expected to collaborate with the researchers from the Information Systems group.

The offer:

A four-year Ph.D. appointment, with target start date January 2017 (though a later start date may be possible);
The gross monthly salary is €2191 in the first year up to €2801 (gross) per month in the fourth year (on a full-time basis).
Additionally, Eindhoven University of Technology provides excellent facilities for professional and personal development, a holiday allowance (amounts to 8% of the annual salary), an end-of-year bonus (amounts to 8,3%), and a number of additional benefits (including an excellent technical infrastructure, moving expenses, savings schemas, excellent sport facilities).
Information and application

Application: 

  • A letter of application which explains your interest in this vacancy, your qualifications for it, and why you would be a good fit for this project
  • One-page motivation statement, elaborating on your ideas for a research focus in line with the project;
  • A detailed curriculum vitae
  • Names and contact information of two persons willing to provide references
  • Transcript from each university from which you received a degree (including grades)
    results of a recent English language test, or other evidence of your English language capabilities.

Select candidates will be invited for an interview via Skype or in Eindhoven.

If you are interested, we invite you to apply before November 25, 2016. To apply please click HERE and use the “apply now” button. Please note that a maximum of 5 documents can be uploaded, so if you have more than 5 documents you will have to combine them. We do not accept applications sent by e-mail. 

About the organization: 

Eindhoven University of Technology is one of the world’s leading research universities (ranked by the Times Higher Education Supplement). It is in particular well known for its joint research with industry (ranked number one worldwide by the Centre for Science and Technology Studies). The research will be conducted at Eindhoven University of Technology, at the Department of Industrial Engineering and Innovation Sciences (IE&IS), embedded within the Research Group of Philosophy & Ethics and the Research Group of Information Systems (IS).

The Philosophy & Ethics Group in the School of Innovation Sciences conducts philosophical research at the interface between fundamental philosophical issues and real-world problems that arise from the design and use of innovative technologies. We aim to do this in genuine interaction with the engineering, natural and social sciences. Research areas within the group include ethics, metaethics, philosophy of science, epistemology, and metaphysics.

The Information Systems Group in the School of Industrial Engineering performs advanced research in the area of business process engineering, focusing on business process management and business process intelligence. The group has a strong national and international reputation for both basic research in the academic community and applied research with industry. The successful applicant will have the opportunity to profit from the benefits that such an environment has to offer and to contribute to the ongoing research.

Further information:

For more information on the Philosophy and Ethics group please see the website http://p-e.ieis.tue.nl/ and for more information on the Information Science group please see the website http://is.ieis.tue.nl/

For further information, please contact dr. Elizabeth O’Neill (Philosophy & Ethics), e.r.h.oneill@tue.nl, or dr.eng.ec. Claudia-Melania Chituc (Information Systems), C.M.Chituc@tue.nl.

More information about the Department of Industrial Engineering and Innovation Sciences can be found at www.tue.nl/en/university/departments/industrial-engineering-innovation-sciences/research/

Information about the terms of employment can be obtained from Mrs. Ellen van der Mierden, HR advisor (pz.ieis@tue.nl). Further information about Eindhoven University of Technology can be found at www.tue.nl.

 

PhD Position: Technologies for health-related behavior change in vulnerable people: values & design

Fully-funded 4-year Ph.D. position on “Technologies for health-related behavior change in vulnerable people: values & design”

 

The Ph.D. position is interdisciplinary with a shared advisory team from the Philosophy & Ethics (Dr. Frank, Prof. Dr. Meijers) and Human-Technology Interaction (Dr. Huldtgren, Prof. IJsselsteijn) groups at the Department of Industrial Engineering and Innovation Sciences at Eindhoven University of Technology and has a focus on the ethical dilemmas and psychological effects of technologies for health behavior change. We invite applications for a 4-year fully funded Ph.D. starting at the latest in September 2016.

 

Background 

Lifestyle diseases, chronic illness, and an aging population pose significant societal burdens. Symptoms and severity of chronic illness, often common in old age, can be reduced through greater adherence to medications and lifestyle changes. I addition, intervening in the health-related behaviors of children has the potential to reduce the long-term burden of disease, increase life quality, and reduce healthcare costs.

Technologies for behavior change (TBCs) are already being developed for prevention and lifestyle change, such as smartphone apps to analyze and quantify sleep patterns, diet, exercise, stress, and disease management. However, research on the psychological and ethical implications of these technologies for vulnerable populations, e.g. children or the elderly, is limited. There is a need to identify and counter the unintended psychological effects of constant tracking, privacy-risks, social pressures, and misleading data visualizations. Values are embedded in designs, e.g. a paternalistic stance that “forces” people into certain behaviors. To protect and respect users, there is a need for an assessment of ethical dilemmas related to paternalism and autonomy and ethical guidelines tailored to different persuasive strategies.

After a philosophical analysis and empirical study of TBCs, the final goal is to develop an ethical design framework based on the results of the preceding analyses adapting Value Sensitive Design (Friedman et al., 2013) specifically to TBC.

 

Your Profile 

The candidate holds a Master’s degree or equivalent degree in Philosophy or Ethics and is interested in health related technology. Alternatively, the candidate holds a Master’s degree or equivalent degree in Human Technology Interaction or Psychology and has strong interest in philosophy of technology.  Other Master’s degrees will also be considered, if the candidate shows a demonstrable interest in analytical as well as (qualitative) empirical work on the project’s topic. The TU/e is an equal opportunity employee. Members of underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.

 

Our Offer 

We offer you a four-year Ph.D. position, starting September 2016. The gross salary is € 2174 per month in the first year to €2.779 per month in the last year. Additionally, Eindhoven University of Technology provides excellent facilities for professional and personal development, a holiday allowance (amounts to 8% of the annual salary), an end-of-year bonus (amounts to 8,3%), and a number of additional benefits.

 

For more information on the Philosophy and Ethics group please see the website http://p-e.ieis.tue.nl/ and for more information on the Human Technology Interaction Group please see the website https://www.tue.nl/en/university/departments/industrial-engineering-innovation-sciences/research/research-groups/human-technology-interaction/

 

Application 

Your application should contain the following documents:

–          a letter of application which explains your interest in the position and your qualifications for it;

–          a curriculum vitae including a publication list;

–          a one-page motivation statement, elaborating on your ideas for a research focus in line with the project

–          names and contact information of two persons willing to provide references;

 

If you are interested, we invite you to apply before May 16, 2016. To apply please click HERE and use the “apply now” button. Please note that a maximum of 5 documents can be uploaded, so if you have more than 5 documents you will have to combine them. Please do not send us applications by e-mail.

 

Further information 

For further information, please contact Lily Frank (P&E) l.e.frank@tue.nl or Alina Huldtgren (HTI) a.huldtgren@tue.nl.

 

More information about the Department of Industrial Engineering and Innovation Sciences can be found at www.tue.nl/en/university/departments/industrial-engineering-innovation-sciences/research/

Information about the terms of employment can be obtained from Mrs. Ellen van der Mierden, HR advisor (pz.ieis@tue.nl). Further information about Eindhoven University of Technology can be found at www.tue.nl.

Workshop Ethics and Governance of Energy Technologies

Ethics and Governance of Energy Technologies:
The role of consumers, citizens and policy-makers in future sustainable energy systems

Organizers

3TU.Ethics – Taksforce Energy and Sustainability  & ECIS (Eindhoven School of Innovation Sciences)

Organization Committee:  Andreas Spahn (Tu/e), Auke Pols (Tu/e), Johanna Höffken (Tu/e); Philip Brey (Twente), Behnam Taebi (Delft)

 

Where and When:

Eindhoven University of Technology, January 15/16. 2015

 

Keynote speakers:

  • Celine Kermisch (Université Libre de Bruxelles, Brussels, Belgium)
  • Thomas Pfister (Zeppelin University, Friedrichshafen, Germany)
  • M.V. Ramana (Princeton University, Princeton, US)
  • Martijntje Smits (Utrecht University, Utrecht, Netherlands)
  • Anders Melin (Malmö University, Malmö, Sweden)

 

Content:

The world’s energy provision and consumption are perhaps among the greatest challenges our generation is facing. Our modern economies are currently running on fossil fuel resources, which are both problematic from the resource durability point of view and for the irreversible impact the greenhouse gas emissions have on the climate. We need to rapidly move towards more sustainable energy production and consumption. In order to achieve a sustainable lifestyle, interdisciplinary decisions with regard to energy provision and energy-consumption need to be made. This workshop focuses on the societal, ethical and political issues of such solutions and aims at bringing together researchers from philosophy, engineering sciences, and social sciences.

New energy technologies and the policies that should accommodate them raise a wealth of ethical and societal issues. Amongst other things, there are questions relating to a fair and effective governance of energy transition, just distribution of burden and benefits, public concerns and acceptance of various energy technologies, the risks and uncertainties associated with different technical options, the appropriate criteria for assessing various technologies and policies and the questions of individual versus collective responsibilities.

The international workshop will bring together scholars in ethics, energy and sustainability science, philosophy, environmental science and any other engineering field that is of relevance for tackling the major societal energy related challenges. The focus on the workshop will be on the role of ethical aspect of energy technologies and the transition towards sustainable energy production and consumption. Which energy technologies are sustainable and how can we steer the future production and consumption of energy towards sustainability?

The topics of the presentations will include:

(1) Responsible Development of Energy technologies

  • Nuclear energy, safety, sustainability and intergenerational justice
  • Biofuels: ethical aspects, social dilemmas and trust in innovation
  • Prospects of renewable energy technology
  • Energy technologies and the good life
  • Responsible innovation in energy technologies
  • (Alleviating) energy poverty and global justice
  • Energy Cultures: the role of institutions, users, citizens and stakeholders
  • Taking sustainability, user well-being and lifestyle into account in design

(2) Responsible Governance of Energy production

  • involvement of citizens and citizen groups in sustainable technology and energy
  • the role of ethics in the development of sustainable technology and energy
  • The role of stakeholders and their involvement
  • The role of financial institutions in the energy transition and fossil fuel divestments.
  • Social Responsible Innovation of Energy Technologies

(3)  Responsible Energy consumption

  • Sustainable (energy and technology) consumption and how to attain it
  • Steering energy-consumption: liberal principles, persuasive technologies, nudges and autonomy
  • Promoting values and lifestyles for sustainability
  • How to balance or achieve intra- en intergenerational justice in energy ethics?
  • The role of individual and collective responsibility in climate change

Program & Map

Please click here for the program and here for a map.

Registration

Attendance is free, but registration is mandatory. You can register by sending an email to the organisation at A.J.K.Pols@tue.nl. Please register no later than Monday 14 December. 3TU.Ethics can reimburse the costs for an overnight stay in Eindhoven for its members: if you wish to make use of this option, please let the organisation know and we will book a hotel for you. Please also let us know if you have any dietary requirements (vegetarian, allergies, etc.)

Smart grids in India – MVI grant awarded to 3TU.Ethics researchers

A grant worth € 375.000 has been awarded to our members, Auke Pols and Andreas Spahn in the 2014/2015 MVI NWO competition, Top Sector Energy.

India faces two major challenges in the field of electricity generation and use. Its electricity demand is growing while its central grid suffers from severe performance deficits. Meanwhile, a significant part of India’s population does not even have access to the central grid. The Indian government aims to address these challenges in part by using smart grids, energy networks that use ICT to match supply and demand from multiple sources. However, successful smart grid development is not simply a matter of getting the technology right: social embedding, ethical acceptability and institutional support are at least as important. This project therefore sets out to answer the question: How can smart grids be successfully developed and implemented in rural India?

The goal of the project is to answer the research question by the actual responsible development and implementation of a smart grid prototype.

You can also read a short project summary (in Dutch) here

Call for Papers: Biofuels and (ir)Responsible Innovation Conference, 13-14 April 2015

Call for papers: Biofuels and (ir)responsible innovation: tensions between policy, practice and sustainable development.

We cordially invite you to participate in the closing conference of the NWO Societally Responsible Innovation project: ‘Biofuels: sustainable innovation or gold rush?’

Venue: The conference will be hosted by Eindhoven University of Technology, Eindhoven, NL.

Dates: Mo. 13- Tue. 14 April 2015. The first day of the conference will be devoted to scientific research; the second day will bring scientists in contact with policy-makers and other societal stakeholders to discuss practical implications of the research presented.

Keynote spekers (scientific):

– Dr. Jennifer Baka (the London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK)

– Dr. Atakilte Beyene (The Nordic Africa Institute, Uppsala, Sweden)

– Dr. Carol Hunsberger (University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada)

– Dr. Lena Partzsch (Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg, Germany)

– Dr. Joachim Spangenberg (UFZ Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research, Halle, Germany)

Keynote speakers (society):

– Drs. Nathalie van Haren (Both ENDS)

(To be updated…)

Background: For as long as biofuels have prominently appeared in EU policy, they have been a contested energy source. Crops such as jatropha have been hailed as ‘wonder crop’, only to experience an ‘extraordinary collapse’ within a decade. From the food vs. fuel discussion to indirect land use change, wicked problems have plagued biofuel developments and continue to provoke disagreement between societal actors. The impacts of biofuels’ tumultuous history have been felt particularly in the Global South, where land grabbing and opportunistic behaviour of investors have caused great social and ecological problems.

Proponents of biofuels claim that this is all the more reason to continue with investments and innovation: new sources of biofuels, such as plant residues and algae, will eventually solve all our problems. Given the great uncertainties and past harms, however, these claims should not be accepted lightly, nor should we assume that all encountered problems are technology-specific. Rather, we should realise that biofuels as a case study raise fundamental questions with regard to policy and governance, responsible innovation and sustainable development.

This conference is devoted to addressing these fundamental questions from a multidisciplinary perspective. As such, we welcome contributions from (but not limited to) the following disciplines: development studies; economics; environmental studies; ethics; policy studies; political ecology; science and technology studies and sociology.

Please visit TU/e website to find out more: http://w3.ieis.tue.nl/nl/groups/tis/tis_education/ctdg/tdg_research/biofuel_research/biofuels_and_irresponsible_innovation_conference/

International workshop “Smart technologies for improving driver behavior: Technological, psychological, and ethical perspectives”

Place and time: IPO Building, Eindhoven University of Technology, the Netherlands, October 30-31

Keynote speakers
Manfred Tscheligi, University of Salzburg (Psychology) Nicole van Nes, SWOV Institute (Road Safety) Joel Anderson, University of Utrecht (Ethics) Rino Brouwer, TNO Netherlands (EcoDriver Project)

Background and aims:
Humans are far from ideal drivers: they are known to fall asleep behind the wheel, drink and drive, cause traffic jams, and have energy consuming driving habits. With recent technological developments we can improve road safety, mobility, and energy efficiency by influencing the driver. The attempt to influence driver behaviour can be placed in broader trends within traffic management. The communication between vehicles (V2V), between vehicles and infrastructure (V2I), and the support and automation of driver tasks offer new opportunities and challenges for traffic management by means of targeting driver behaviour.

Recently, technologies have been developed that influence drivers by for instance giving them some form of feedback: persuasive technologies (e.g. eco-feedback technologies, advisory Intelligent Speed Adaptation, fatigue detectors, etc.). This workshop focuses on the technical, psychological, and ethical issues regarding the use of such persuasive technologies in cars to influence the driver of the future.

Perspectives
1) Technology & design
Successful persuasive and automation technology crucially depends on smart and reliable technology. There are many technological issues to be solved: How can psychological persuasive strategies be implemented in technology? How can Vehicle-to-vehicle and Vehicle-to-infrastructure communication technology contribute to improving driving behavior? How can automotive technology deal with ‘mixed traffic’ and support drivers in this respect? How does a focus on influencing the driver affect car design more generally? What are the key promises and challenges on the way to decentralized traffic management, and what are the implications for the role of the driver?

2) Psychology & Human factors
Wanting to change drivers’ behavior is one thing, but how are we going to accomplish this? How can we actually persuade people to change their behavior? How does behavioral adaptation of drivers diminish the gains in safety, mobility, and energy efficiency? And if we decide to take over with automation technology, how can we make sure that drivers will trust and accept the technology enough to let go of their control of the car? Different states of automation in different vehicles will complicate these issues.

3) Ethics & policy
When persuading people, there is a trade-off between social values and autonomy: are some social values like safety and energy efficiency that important that we should give up some autonomy? Are governments allowed to patronize drivers into ‘good’ behavior? Which considerations should guide the choice for and implementation of policies that involve persuasive or automation technology? What if failure of these technologies contributes to an accident? Who’s morally and legally responsible in these cases? Should the design of cars respond to this issue, e.g. by including black boxes? Since these new technologies put pressure on the current legal framework, (how) should this framework be adapted?

Participation: Registration for the workshop is required but free of cost. Space is limited, so please let us know if you want to participate, by sending an email to J.Smids@tue.nl

Organized by researchers from Mechanical Engineering (TU/e), Human-Technology Interaction (TU/e), and Philosophy & Ethics (TU/e), in connection with the NWO-funded project “Persuasive Technology, Allocation of Control, and Social Values”.

Internet: http://p-e.ieis.tue.nl/node/136

Autonomous Agency, Health Promotion, and Technology Design Workshop in Utrecht

Workshop: “Autonomous Agency, Health Promotion, and Technology Design.”
Date/time: 12 September 2014, 13:00-18:00
Location: Utrecht City Center

Speakers:
Maartje Schermer, Erasmus MC
Søren Holm, University of Manchester
Anton Vedder & Samantha Adams, University of Tilburg
Sander Voerman, TU Eindhoven
Bart Kamphorst, University of Utrecht

Theme of the workshop:
A whole new vocabulary has sprung up to discuss the ways that technology design can improve health: Persuasive technology, nudging, assistive technology, choice architecture, and self-management are just a few key concepts. Many health researchers have the ambition of using technologies such as e-coaching, wearable devices, smart buildings, and architecture to influence peoples’ choices and behavior and thereby improve their health. In this workshop we take a philosophical look at these developments, situating them in relation to important values such as autonomy, agency, self-management, and quality of life, as well as concepts of health and illness.

Registration for the workshop is required but free of cost! Please let us know if you want us to reserve you a seat, by sending an email to p.j.nickel@tue.nl.

Co-sponsored by OZSW, University of Utrecht, and TU Eindhoven. Organized by Joel Anderson (UU) and Philip J. Nickel (TU/e) in connection with the projects “Promoting Effective Intentions: Volitional Scaffolding, Implementation Intentions, and Bedtime Procrastination” and “Medical Trust Beyond Clinical Walls.”
http://scaffoldingintentions.phil.uu.nl

http://beyondclinicalwalls.nl

OZSW Study Group Ethics and Philosophy of Technology: http://www.ozsw.nl/study-group/study-group-ethics-technology/

Risk and Applied Ethics workshop in Eindhoven

On the 22nd of April a mini-workshop on topics related to risk and applied ethics will take place at TU Eindhoven. The event is free and open to all. No registration is required.

Programme:

14.00 – 15.30 Stephen D John (Cambridge) “Lies, damned lies and statistics: is it possible to communicate risk accurately?”

15.30 – 15.50 Coffee

15.50 – 16.25: Jilles Smids (TU Eindhoven) “Risk, rights, and contractualism”

16.25 – 17.00: Elselijn Kingma (TU Eindhoven and Southampton) “Telling vs nudging: a moral analysis”

For more information please contact Martin Peterson